Today, more businesses are starting to become more environmentally conscious by looking to make small day-to-day operation changes to ensure their eco-friendly footprint is a green as possible. Barclays recently revealed that 75% of UK businesses are benefiting commercially after going green

Do you regularly send your products using mailing bags through the post? Well inside this article, not only will Elliott Packaging take a look at both biodegradable mailing bags and compostable bags and discuss why they are the much ‘greener’ option. We will also compare how long they take to break down compared to regular plastic mailing bag packaging.

So what are biodegradable mailing bags?

Biodegradable mailing bags contain microorganisms which help break down the plastic. Because of what the bag is made from, this means this type of packaging can be broken down or decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms at a much faster speed.

When fully manufactured, biodegradable packaging still provide the same strength and reliability as standard polythene based packaging, but offer a much greener footprint.

compostable carrier bagsWhat’s the difference between compostable and biodegradable mailing bags?

So while biodegradable are still considered to be a ‘greener’ option by being manufactured from both plastic and plant-based materials, the plastic is broken down into much smaller pieces which help decompose much quicker than any standard plastic mailing bag. When recycling these type of bags, they are still placed in your general waste bin.

However, compostable bags are made of 100% natural plant starch, and do not produce any toxic material. Compostable bags break down readily in a composting system through microbial activity to form compost. For more information, please take a look at our potato-starch compostable carrier bags.

How long do biodegradable mailing bags take to decompose?

Well, biodegradable mailing bags and other biodegradable plastics can take roughly three to six months to fully decompose. Because they are made from, or contain plant-based materials they can decompose much quicker than a standard plastic mailing bag.

So what about standard plastic mailing bags? Well to fully decompose, they can take an estimated range of between 10 to a few hundred years. Although plastic mailing bags will usually sit in landfill for hundreds of years, the time it takes a bag to fully decompose depends on what material it has been manufactured from, along with the amount of heat, light, are and bacteria it’s exposed to so each plastic mailing bag will be different to the next one.

Make a ‘greener’ initiative change today

If you’re going to make one small change to make a more conscious, greener initiative then hopefully you will consider switching to either compostable or biodegradable mailing bags going forward. You can even view our new potato starch

To discuss these types of mailing bags in more detail, or to discuss recycled mailing bag options, please do not hesitate to contact our sales team. You can speak to our sales advisors using our ‘live chat’ facilities on the website or you can contact Elliott Packaging by submitting an enquiry.